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BenQ Brings Classroom IQ Solutions to FETC 2014 and TCEA 2014 Educational Events

New Products and Education Initiatives Bring Multidevice Connectivity, Increased Interactivity, and Power-Saving Technologies to Schools

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Jan. 23, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced its participation at two upcoming educational events in support of its expanding commitment to the education sector. The company will join education leaders and technology experts at FETC in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 28-31, as well as at TCEA in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 3-7. BenQ Classroom IQ Solutions on display will include new Colorific(TM) projectors, interactive flat panel (IFP) displays, and collaborative classroom applications.

With an increased commitment to the education market, BenQ has recently unveiled a number of initiatives including the BenQ Education Solutions in Technology (BEST) program. Created to provide educational partners across North America with a wide range of dedicated sales and support initiatives, the program furthers BenQ’s focus on the success of today’s students, teachers, and learning institutions.

Furthering its market support, BenQ named former educator Patti Postel as National Education Sales Manager. As a former teacher, Patti understands the needs of educators and commented: “BenQ is very keen on bringing the most advanced classroom technologies to teachers, students, and schools. Our Classroom IQ Solutions are specifically designed to satisfy the need for more interactive and immersive experiences by integrating the world of connected devices with solutions that are innovative, affordable, and easy to use. Schools can now create connected classrooms using visual display tools that will both protect their investment and enrich the overall learning experience.”

To complement the company’s wireless projectors and IFP displays, BenQ’s Classroom IQ solutions provide Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) collaboration, SmartEco(TM) lamp-saving technologies, as well as easy-to-use file sharing apps to transform teaching plans into more intuitive, immersive, and collaborative experiences. Furthermore, BenQ’s Colorific projector technology ensures the delivery of accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color — allowing students to experience up to 1 billion stunning colors on classroom projection screens. For schools, the technology eliminates light burn or color degradation over extended usage, which reduces the devices’ total cost of ownership (TCO). At FETC and TCEA, BenQ will showcase the following solutions:

BYOD Interactivity: Enhancing Learning Through Collaboration
Today’s students are using a wide range of devices to facilitate their schoolwork. As a result, schools have integrated smartphones, tablets, and laptops within the classroom environment to promote student interaction and enhance the learning process. To support collaboration, BenQ offers a full line of interactive projectors, IFP displays, and apps.

MX661 BYOD Projector — To balance superior image quality with today’s BYOD requirements, BenQ’s Colorific MX661 projector uses XGA native resolution to bring crisp content to the screen. When paired with BenQ’s QPresenter app for Android(TM) and IOS(R) devices, up to four students can collaborate and share documents, photos, and Internet content directly from their mobile devices. For IT managers, facility-wide maintenance is made simple with LAN control, enabling centralized remote monitoring and management. The MX661 provides support for AMX(R), Crestron(R), and PJLink(R) systems, making maintenance even more flexible and efficient, while manual vertical keystone calibration of ±40 gets materials up and running rapidly, regardless of classroom layout or projector placement.

MW824ST MHL-Equipped Interactive Projector — The new MW824ST interactive short-throw classroom projector combines SmartEco lamp-saving technology — for up to 10,000 hours of lamp life — with connectivity and performance options that provide next-generation classroom experiences. Equipped with BenQ’s PointWrite(TM) and QWrite capabilities for multiuser onscreen collaboration and the ability to share content from mobile devices via Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology, the MW824ST creates a more immersive and interactive learning experience for teachers and students.

Interactive Flat Panel Displays — BenQ’s IFPs bring highly accurate multitouch technology, superb image quality, and complete multimedia connectivity to learning environments. With display sizes ranging from 42 to 65 inches, the panels feature tile-friendly Windows(R) 8 compatibility, full HD resolution, and integrated speakers to transform lessons into more engaging exchanges. Ambient light sensors automatically adjust displays to simplify performance settings while picture-in-picture (PIP) enhances productivity and content control. In addition, optical sensing touch technology allows teachers and students to pan, zoom, and easily scroll through documents and websites. The IL650 (65-inch) multitouch display will be showcased at both events.

PointWrite Technology and QWrite Software — The enhanced BenQ PointWrite technology adds multiple pen integration, allowing up to four students to contribute simultaneously. With 1-second auto calibration and fast writing response time, PointWrite is effortless to set up and ensures an ultra smooth, interruption-free writing experience. Teachers can get up to four students to the board to share the lesson plan, making learning fun and interactive. The QWrite software is optimized for PointWrite, adding a number of effective learning tools for whiteboard applications.

BenQ SmartEco Technology: Lowering TCO
BenQ’s world-leading SmartEco lamp-saving technology brings the most advanced features to the classroom to lower TCO without compromising brightness, picture quality, or lamp performance. The latest BenQ SmartEco classroom projectors offer the following energy-savings modes:

- SmartEco Mode allows projectors to automatically adjust lamp power based on the amount of brightness required, allowing schools to reduce their TCO while maintaining optimal contrast and brightest performance.

- LampSave Mode dynamically adjusts lamp power to extend lamp life by 50 percent while cutting the frequency of lamp replacement in half. The result is an incredible 10,000 hours of lamp life without any concessions to quality.

- LumenCare Mode adjusts projector lamp power in gain steps until full power is reached, effectively maximizing power savings and reducing brightness decay. It’s the first and only projection feature on the market that ensures three years of consistent image brightness for optimal learning and teaching.

- Eco Blank Mode allows teachers to blank out the projection screen whenever the projector is not in use. When activated, Eco Blank Mode automatically dims lamp power and cuts 70 percent of the device’s total power consumption.

- No Source Detected Mode automatically activates the projector’s Eco Blank Mode after the projector has been idle for more than three minutes — further reducing unnecessary energy use while prolonging lamp life.

- Standby Mode lowers power consumption to less than 0.5W during periods of inactivity, providing energy savings during downtimes.

To experience these smart Classroom IQ solutions, visit BenQ at FETC 2014, Booth 208 and at TCEA 2014, Booth 212. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Wohler Addresses Growing Business Momentum With Four New Hires in Sales and Engineering

Innovations Drive Business Growth Across Both Signal Management and Monitoring Line and RadiantGrid(TM) File-Based Media Processing Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO — Jan. 23, 2014 — Responding to rapid growth across the company, Wohler Technologies today announced four more new hires in key sales and engineering positions in a second series of new appointments this month. For Wohler signal management and monitoring products, Shawn Sennett will serve as director of western U.S. sales and Jerry Williamson will serve as director of eastern U.S. sales. For the Wohler RadiantGrid(TM) business line, Brian Massie has been hired as sales engineer and Tom McFarland as QA engineer.

“The unique forward-looking functionality of new product releases across our business has opened up significant growth opportunities for Wohler,” said Carl J. Dempsey, Wohler president and CEO. “These new additions — Shawn, Jerry, Brian, and Tom — to the Wohler sales and engineering teams will ensure that we can keep pace with the growing momentum created by innovations such as our MPEG monitoring line and the new WohlerDPP, powered by RadiantGrid.”

Wohler’s award-winning MPEG Series of broadcast-quality MPEG video monitors represents the first universal digital broadcast confidence monitor line in the broadcast industry. By consolidating MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 streams into the mainstream workflow, the Wohler monitors enable a single operator to monitor all video streams, even those destined for delivery via Web portals and mobile services, from a single system and interface. In doing so, the system further reduces the cost and complexity of handling the various streams processed and distributed by today’s broadcast and production facilities. Handling the MPEG Series and other signal management and monitoring solution sales, Sennett will be based in Los Angeles, and Williamson will be based in Philadelphia.

The RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) and RadiantGrid-powered file-based processing solutions are likewise transforming critical workflows within the media enterprise. The expansion of RadiantGrid engineering personnel comes as demand for these solutions continues to rise. Massie will be based in the U.K., and McFarland will be based in San Francisco.

Further information about Wohler and its complete product portfolio is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, and it continues today through the company’s development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications. Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) platform extends the company’s award-winning product lines to include solutions for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, accelerated transcoding, and standards conversion. Together, Wohler’s advanced file-based solutions and proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring and content management products ensure high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler and RadiantGrid products is available at www.wohler.com.

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Furman at NAMM 2014

Furman(R) M-8S Power Conditioner and Sequencer (120V Regions)
The newest member of the Furman(R) value-priced Merit Series, the 15 Amp M-8S power conditioner and sequencer, protects audio systems from a wide range of power problems. Featuring nine NEMA 5-15R outlets (six sequenced on rear panel, six sequenced on rear panel, two unswitched on rear panel, and one unswitched on front panel) in a sturdy 1-RU chassis, the M-8S provides peace of mind with Furman’s standard level surge protection and filtering. With three-stage power sequencing (three banks of two outlets each), users can manage the power-up and power-down sequence of their system, avoiding problems such as circuit breaker trips, voltage sags and speaker pops. The device’s sequencing can also be controlled by a momentary or maintained switch via a rear panel block.

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Furman(R) PS-8R E III Power Conditioner and Sequencer (220V-240V Regions)
An upgrade to the popular Furman(R) PS-8R E II power sequencer, the PS-8R E III provides power protection, filtering and sequencing for audio systems in 220V-240V regions. Furman Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) technology provides professional-grade protection from surges and spikes while Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) safeguards against dangerous voltage conditions. Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) reduces line noise in the audio/video bandwidth to ensure maximum equipment performance. The unit provides nine IEC C13 outlets (six sequenced on rear panel, two switched on rear panel, and one switched on front panel) at 10 Amp capacity in a sturdy 1-RU chassis. With three-stage power sequencing (three banks of two outlets each), users can manage the power-up and power-down sequence of their system, avoiding problems such as circuit breaker trips, voltage sags and speaker pops. The device’s sequencing can also be controlled by a momentary or maintained switch via a rear panel block; while the unit’s BNC connector conveniently allows the attachment of an optional 12VDC gooseneck lamp for rear illumination. Improvements from the PS-8R E II include externally adjustable delay and remote interface configuration settings as well as a more compact chassis design.

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Furman(R) P-8 PRO C Classic Series Power Conditioner
The newest addition to the Furman(R) Classic Series for audio/video professionals, the P-8 PRO C delivers the same trusted protection and filtering as the Furman PL-PRO DMC, with a minimalistic front panel design ideal for use in applications where front panel metering and illumination are not required. Features include a 20 Amp rating and renowned Furman Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP), which virtually eliminates service calls, thanks to the technology’s ability to safely absorb, clamp and dissipate transient voltages. Ensuring optimal performance, the nine-outlet device is also equipped with Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) to protect against digital data loss and damage from extreme voltage spikes and excessive AC noise, while removing the need to reboot digital presets. With Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS), the P-8 PRO C safeguards gear from sustained over-voltage conditions by constantly monitoring incoming voltage. In the event of a voltage over 137VAC, the unit and all connected equipment are immediately shut down.

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Company Quote:
“NAMM 2014 is a very special show for Furman as it kicks-off the brand’s 40th anniversary,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories at Core Brands. “We are very proud to celebrate this significant milestone with our loyal customers at the show. We will be displaying some new products which expand upon our more popular offerings, such as the M-8S power sequencer which adds power sequencing capabilities to our value-priced Merit Series. Also on hand will be our new 20 Amp P-8 PRO C classic power conditioner for advanced power management settings and our innovative PS-8R E III power conditioner and sequencer for 220V-240V regions. We are very enthusiastic to be part of this event and look forward to celebrating our anniversary in Anaheim.”

Company Overview:

About Furman(R)
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Furman(R) is an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products. The company’s power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Furman addresses all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording and office equipment. Furman is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

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Furman is part of Core Brands(R), LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R).

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BenQ Introduces BEST Program to Expand Educational Market Support

New Initiative Confirms Company’s Classroom-First Commitment to Students and Schools

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Jan. 21, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today unveiled the BenQ Education Solutions in Technology (BEST) program. Created to provide educational partners across North America with a wide range of dedicated sales and support initiatives, the program furthers BenQ’s unequaled commitment to the success of today’s students, teachers, and learning institutions.

“Our BEST program complements BenQ’s ongoing commitment to creating collaboration-driven environments where students can thrive,” said Kristin Kennedy, Associate Vice President of Sales at BenQ America Corp. “Through our value-added program, which offers a variety of new pricing incentives, direct support services, and easy access to our latest Classroom IQ solutions, we are facilitating the transition to more interactive classroom experiences. Schools will be able to harness the possibilities of today’s interactive teaching tools, making it easier to put students at the center of any connected learning space.”

Available to members across the United States and Canada, BenQ’s BEST program provides educational partners with incredible planning, pricing, and customer support benefits — echoing the company’s pledge to provide top-tier service and product accessibility to today’s evolving education community. As a result, education partners ranging from resellers to teachers to school administrators can create richer classroom settings enabled by the sector’s most advanced A/V learning solutions.

Through its portfolio of forward-thinking Classroom IQ solutions, BenQ brings more simplicity, interactivity, and efficiency to today’s dynamic learning spaces. In addition to wireless projectors and interactive flat panel displays, the company’s integrated education tools provide Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) collaboration, SmartEco(TM) energy- and lamp-saving technologies, and easy-to-use file sharing apps to transform teaching plans into more intuitive, immersive, and collaborative experiences.

Furthermore, BenQ’s Colorific(TM) projector technology ensures the delivery of accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color — allowing students to experience up to 1 billion stunning colors on classroom projection screens. For schools, the technology eliminates light burn or color degradation over extended usage, which reduces the devices’ total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Connectedness is turning classrooms into spaces for creativity, exploration, and genuine collaboration,” said Patti Postel, National Education Sales Manager at BenQ America Corp. and former educator. “As a leading provider of education solutions, we strongly believe that classroom technology should be simple, inspiring, and accessible to every school district. Our BEST program is BenQ’s vehicle for expressing this philosophy, equipping today’s generation of learners with tools that trigger success.”

For information on how to join the BenQ BEST Education Program, contact Patti Postel at Patti.Postel@BenQ.com.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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SMPTE to Offer CCNA Security Along With Full Slate of CCNA Routing and Switching Courses in 2014

Intensive Courses Offer Unique Opportunity to Learn How to Address Critical Networking Security Concerns

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 21, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the addition of CCNA Security to the Society’s current roster of Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) virtual course offerings. The SMPTE Professional Development Academy offers this intensive 12-week virtual course along with the four CCNA Routing and Switching courses — Introduction to Networks (CCNA1), Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA2), Scaling Networks (CCNA3), and Connecting Networks (CCNA4) — through the SMPTE Virtual Classroom.

“In addition to the CCNA Security course, SMPTE offers all four CCNA Routing and Switching courses to help meet the educational needs of industry professionals as their work becomes ever more network-focused,” said Robert Seidel, executive vice president at SMPTE and vice president of engineering and advanced technology at CBS Television Network. “Whatever their experience and background, engineers today must understand current concepts and practices such as cloud-based computing, the use of Internet Protocol (IP) and internetworking technologies, and infrastructure considerations in the modern media facility. To this end, SMPTE CCNA courses cover the fundamentals of network administration and internetworking concepts, as well as the security concepts that are now essential engineering knowledge.”

The CCNA Security course now being offered by SMPTE provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skill set and to help meet the growing demand for network professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, availability, and overall security of data and devices. CCNA1 and CCNA2 are prerequisites for this course.

Each CCNA Routing and Switching course introduced for 2014 has been extended from nine to 12 weeks to help participants better balance professional, personal, and now educational commitments. Covering more advanced, comprehensive, and practical information earlier in the CCNA program assures that course participants are able to effectively apply advanced concepts in the workplace sooner. This real-world practical perspective is supported through the extensive use of Cisco’s Packet Tracer network simulation program during all CCNA courses.

Individuals who completed the previous CCNA Exploration courses and register for subsequent CCNA courses through SMPTE will gain free access to the supplemental self-paced materials developed by Cisco to address any differences between the old and new programs. This allows course participants to better prepare for Cisco’s CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching Certification Exams, if certification is a goal.

“SMPTE’s CCNA course offerings give broadcast engineers and other professionals in motion imaging engineering a highly valuable and unique educational opportunity: to join other media industry professionals in a course of study that provides comprehensive coverage of crucial networking concepts and principles,” added Seidel. “The positive feedback we’ve received about these courses has been tremendous, and I encourage all industry executives and engineers who are responsible for media production, postproduction, or media engineering functions to consider this program for their technical and engineering staff members and even for themselves.”

These SMPTE Virtual Classroom programs are blended-learning courses utilizing a “flipped classroom” education model. In other words, participants spend time on independent study and ask questions via the virtual classroom’s online discussion forum, and then participate in live weekly instructor coaching sessions where the instructor answers questions and assists with clarifying more complex topics and activities in real-time. This approach allows for maximum flexibility and more effective use of the participant’s time with the instructor. In contrast to a self-paced program, each course has a specific start date, specific stop date, and recommended learning goals to help participants plan their studies and stay on track. Successful completion of these intensive courses is determined by completing graded Packet Tracer internetworking activities, chapter assessments, and a final online examination.

Class sizes for the SMPTE CCNA courses are kept small to allow instructors to provide individual attention to participants. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited. SMPTE members enjoy discounted pricing. When combined with other benefits of SMPTE membership, such as free monthly webcasts and discounts on key industry events, the savings on SMPTE CCNA courses can easily justify joining the Society.

Further information about SMPTE CCNA courses is online at www.smpte.org/education/courses. More information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students– who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Montreux Jazz Festival and Montreux Music & Convention Centre Rely on Riedel MediorNet

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Jan. 21, 2014 — Riedel Communications, the leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the Montreux Music & Convention Centre (2m2c) used a Riedel MediorNet video and data signal transport network solution during the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival, the second largest annual jazz festival in the world. The organizers used the Riedel system to distribute signals throughout the various concert halls of the festival, which attracts an audience of more than 200,000 people and covers six venues. Besides the renowned jazz festival, the 2m2c is host to a number of events in Montreux including the Montreux Comedy Festival and more than 85 others.

“Our demands have changed drastically over the years,” said Pierre-Yves Nussbaum, audiovisual and multimedia facilities manager at 2m2c, which is responsible for the overall production of the jazz festival. “In 1997, we started with only seven network connections. Since then, and with the help of our MediorNet infrastructure, the system has grown to a capacity of more than 1,200 links, plus a fair number of A/V channels.”

The city of Montreux now uses the fiber-based MediorNet infrastructure for combined distribution and transmission of A/V and IP signals over a completely decentralized network. This infrastructure also allows for transporting the video signals for internal DVB-T TV distribution.

“The flexibility of the systems helped us meet a lot of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s A/V demands. The decentralized control system made it possible to distribute the various sources to the video walls and projectors we were using, and also helped us administer our internal TV programs — all capabilities that we’d been waiting for,” Nussbaum said. “The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has been assigned to administer and preserve the entire library of video material from the festival — more than 5,000 hours worth — so our goal is to expand the MediorNet infrastructure into the EPFL campus to enable direct access to this precious material. This move would be a crucial step toward a much-desired tapeless workflow.”

Further information about Riedel and its products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Blonder Tongue Appoints Donald Young as New Business Development Manager

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Jan. 21, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced that it has appointed Donald Young as business development manager. In his new role, Young will be responsible for developing and implementing growth opportunities for the company’s next-generation digital video solutions and other product lines based upon customer and market feedback.

“We’re excited to welcome Donald Young to the Blonder Tongue management team. Donald is an accomplished systems engineer with extensive experience in cable/telecom video architecture, systems design, program management, and pre- and post-sales customer support,” said Emily Nikoo, executive vice president of Blonder Tongue. “Donald’s proven ability to increase customer satisfaction by driving internal processes and solutions, as well as influence key stakeholders within the industry, will be instrumental in expanding Blonder Tongue’s market reach and revenue streams.”

Prior to joining Blonder Tongue, Young worked for Cisco Systems as a technical advisor, supporting the company’s video processing platforms including encoding, transcoding, digital ad insertion, adaptive bit-rate streaming, and encapsulation. He has more than 19 years of experience and a Bachelor of Science in business management from Shorter University.

“Blonder Tongue offers an unmatched quality, reliability, and engineering expertise for a wide range of markets, including broadcast, education, enterprise, healthcare, hospitality, and government,” said Young. “I look forward to exploring growth areas in these markets as well as additional opportunities outside the context of Blonder Tongue’s current business structure.”

More information on Blonder Tongue and its products is available at www.blondertongue.com.

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About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information set forth above includes “forward-looking” statements and accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in Blonder Tongue’s Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “endeavor”, “should”, “could”, “may”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections for our future financial performance, our anticipated growth trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. Blonder Tongue undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Blonder Tongue’s actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongue’s “forward-looking” statements.

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Biamp Systems and InfoComm Partner to Train on AV Networking in Mexico

Spanish speaking systems integrators to receive significant discounts on quarterly sessions of InfoComm’s ‘Networking Technology’ class scheduled for 2014

MEXICO CITY — Jan. 20, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, and InfoComm International, a trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry worldwide, today announced a partnership to provide networked AV systems training to industry professionals in Mexico. As host of four quarterly sessions of InfoComm’s “Networking Technology” course in Mexico City, Biamp(R) is extending a generous discount to its local systems integrators. The three-day sessions are scheduled for:

*Feb. 27-March 1
*May 29-31
*Aug. 18-20 (during TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014)
*Nov. 27-29

“Biamp is committed to supporting education and training programs that can help increase the number of trained AV professionals in Latin America,” said Ernesto Montañez, Area Manager, Central America, Biamp Systems. “InfoComm’s foundational ‘Networking Technology’ class is ideal for current integrators who carry Biamp products as well as those who have completed, or are currently completing, our certification program. Based on the results of a similar course held by InfoComm in December of last year, which was fully booked, we expect demand to be high for the 2014 series of courses.”

“The AV world has changed and if you’re not up to speed on IT networks, you are at risk of being left behind,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “InfoComm thanks Biamp Systems for helping to develop the industry globally, and Latin America in particular.”

In “Networking Technology,” students will learn to understand and troubleshoot IT networks that support AV systems. Held at the Mexico City office of Biamp Systems’ Mexican distribution partner, Representaciones de Audio, each session will be limited to 10 attendees and will be presented in Spanish. As the program’s sponsor, Biamp is offering its channel partners and Mexican integrators a 50-percent discount on registration.

For details and registration, attendees may contact Rodrigo Casassus Coke at latinamerica@infocomm.org or visit InfoComm online at www.infocomm.org.

More information on Biamp System’s full line of audio solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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About InfoComm International
InfoComm International(R) is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Biamp Systems Appoints Ranjith Peethambaran as South India Area Manager

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Jan. 16, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company has named Ranjith NP as its South India Area Manager. Bringing more than nine years of functional experience in business development to Biamp(R), Ranjith will be responsible for the South India states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry.

In his new role, Ranjith will oversee all sales and installations within the area; build and strengthen existing relationships with both integrators and end users; and contribute to strengthening Biamp’s presence, development, and growth within the region. Part of Biamp’s team of India Area Managers, Ranjith will be located in Bangalore and reports to Robin Ghose, Regional Manager — SAARC.

“Ranjith comes to Biamp with a wealth of experience across several operational areas,” said Ghose. “His background in sales and account and project management as well as his expertise in AV system integration will be key assets for our company going forward. We are very excited to welcome Ranjith to our team and look forward to his contributions as we continue our rapid growth within the Indian marketplace.”

“Biamp is an industry leader that has developed a reputation for designing forward-thinking audio products, while focusing on customer satisfaction and delivering quality audio solutions,” said Ranjith. “I am thrilled to join the company and look forward to expanding Biamp’s presence within the South India marketplace and beyond.”

Over the course of his career, Ranjith has held positions within some of India’s leading AV system integration and unified communications companies. He has been the recipient of several awards for outstanding performance in sales, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore University.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona” AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Core Brands Kicks Off 2014 With Electronic House Products of the Year Award for Panamax SP-1000 SmartPlug

PETALUMA, Calif. — Jan. 16, 2014 — Core Brands(R) announced today that the Panamax(R) SP-1000 SmartPlug has been honored with a 2014 Electronic House Products of the Year Award. Based on the criteria of creativity, innovation, functionality, aesthetics and lifestyle benefits to the consumer, the SP-1000 was selected as the winner in the “Energy Monitoring Devices & Services” category.

“2013 was a big year for Core Brands, with distinctive solutions such as the SP-1000 SmartPlug making a tremendous impact in the A/V and energy management markets by bringing the BlueBOLT platform’s benefits down to the individual outlet level,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. “We’re proud to have this achievement honored by a prestigious award program, and excited that 2014 has started off with such a bang.”

The SP-1000 SmartPlug is a low-cost solution enabling remote energy monitoring, load control and scheduled conservation in a compact device that plugs directly into any standard outlet. It brings the power of the cloud-based BlueBOLT(R) energy management and control platform to the individual outlet level for use with small appliances anywhere in the home. The unit offers a true indicator of energy consumption, allowing consumers to make informed decisions regarding their energy use. Utilizing an intuitive Web interface, users can see energy consumption in dollars, set monthly energy usage budgets and alerts as well as schedule conservation commands to turn off electronics at the outlet and completely eliminate wasted energy.

Electronic House magazine’s Products of the Year Awards recognize the best technologies, products and services for the connected home. Winners were chosen by a panel of distinguished industry leaders, along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro.

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About Panamax(R)
Panamax(R) has been an international leader in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Its power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Panamax is available in all major electronic markets including home theater, professional audio and music, OEM and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network, distributors and in select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com.

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About BlueBOLT(R)
BlueBOLT(R) Remote Power, Energy and Network Management provides real-time, cloud-based control and monitoring of the energy used by electronic devices. Users can simply plug electronics into a BlueBOLT-enabled power management device to open up a new world of command and visibility of energy usage. From easy reboots of locked-up electronics to comprehensive energy tracking and scheduled conservation, BlueBOLT provides a unique combination of control and monitoring directly at the electronics’ power source. More information is available at www.mybluebolt.com.

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About Core Brands(R)
Headquartered in Petaluma, CA, Core Brands(R) is a division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R) brands. Core Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets, and more than 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the United States and around the world. Visit www.corebrands.com for more information.

Core Brands is a subsidiary of Nortek Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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